Should Grades Be Valued Above All? Essay

1071 Words Nov 18th, 2015 null Page
Everyone knows the importance of getting good grades, but what if it isn’t as important as we all thought it was? What if the idea that grades should be valued above all else is actually hurting students more than it is helping them? We are taught from a young age that we need to try as hard as we can to get A’s in school because if we can, any college will open its doors to us. We learned that good things will happen to us if we can excel in all of our classes. These ideas have worked their way so deeply into our minds, that few people see anything wrong with them. Sure, ending the year with a 4.0 GPA is great, but what does a high GPA say about what a student actually learned? The answer is simple: nothing. So much focus is put on getting good grades in today’s society that we sometimes forget to think about what students are actually learning in school or if they are retaining the information given to them. This is major issue, and it should be addressed by every school in america. According to a study conducted by Princeton University, forty-three percent of high school students interviewed said that getting into college is the main driver of academic performance. This is a good thing because a getting a good college education can open up a lot of opportunities for students, but it also raises a concern. Students are focussed so much on getting good grades for college that they aren’t focussing on what they are actually learning. Much of the information being taught…

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